Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tells Donny van de Beek seven Man Utd stars reason for team omission
Donny van de Beek needs 'more play time at United' says pundit
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Donny van de Beek there are seven players competing with him for a spot in the first-team. The Netherlands international was signed from Ajax for around £35m in the summer transfer window from Ajax but has failed to make an impression so far.
Van de Beek has been told by Solskjaer why he has had such limited time in the starting XI so far, naming seven players he is competing with.
The Dutchman was brought in from Ajax in the summer for a fee of around £35m.
But there were question marks over whether he was needed or not after joining a stacked midfield and his game-time has been affected as a result.
In fact, the 23-year-old has started just two matches in the Premier League – one of which he was hauled off at half-time.
It has been a tough time for the midfielder so far this season and he is not expected to be part of the squad that takes on Manchester City later today.
But Solskjaer has told the Netherlands international to be patient, outlining how Fred and Victor Lindelof had similar starts to life at Old Trafford.
“Donny has played well when he has had the chance,” Solskjaer said. “I think we are too quick sometimes to jump on, ‘oh he’s not playing, it’s a failure’, but you know we can see now.
“For example, with Victor [Lindelof] and Fred, as examples, that it takes a little bit of time and now they are massively important players in our squad, in our team, which will be the same with Donny.”
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The Norweigan also revealed how Van de Beek is battling with a number of players for a spot in his team.
He added: “He has come in, he is in a midfield group there with quality, challenging with Bruno, Juan [Mata], Jesse [Lingard].
“I have loads of tens, loads of central midfielders with Paul [Pogba], Nemanja [Matic], Scott [McTominay] and Fred, and Donny has done well when he has come in.
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“He is always ready, he always works hard in training, positive and he will make differences in many games for us this season but he will grow more and more for next year.”
Van de Beek was coy when asked about his lack of opportunity at United so far this season, insisting he is happy to be benched.
“It sounds cliché for me to say this, because of course I would have liked to play more, but I really enjoy being in a nice team,” he said in November.
“I am simply received very well and helped by everyone.
“I’m a patient person, but of course you go there to play as much as possible.
“I also think – in the minutes that I have made, in the times that I have come in – I have shown that I can add something to the team.”
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